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    Bel Air Weekly Update

    November 20-24, 2017 - NO SCHOOL -

                                           Thanksgiving Break


    November 27- December 1, 2017


    Monday, November 27: 

    3:30-4:45 pm - 4th Gr - Math Club - Rm 204


    Tuesday, November 28: 

    2:30-3:30 pm - 2nd Step Assembly - Gym

    6:00-7:00 pm - PTA Mtg - IMC


    Wednesday, November 29: 
    College Wear Day

    3:30-4:45 pm - 4th Gr - Math Club - Rm 204



    Thursday, Novemer 30:

    3:30-4:45 pm - Mentoring



    Friday, December 1:


    Future Events

    Dec. 7 - Band Concert - Gym - 10:00 am
    Dec. 11 - Holiday Sharing Set Up - 3:00-6:00 pm
    Dec. 12-14 - 2nd Gr - Winter Celebration - 9:30-10:45 am
    Dec. 12 - Band Concert @ Highview - 7:00-8:00 pm
    Dec. 13 - Holiday Sharing Pick Up - 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Dec. 19 - BA/VH Orchestra Concert - 9:15-9:45 am
    Dec. 20 - Classroom Winter Parties
    Dec. 21-Jan. 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

    For Families...

    This month, our school wide theme is empathy. In our morning announcements and school assembly we’ll be reminding students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect same and different feelings, and show compassion. Compassion involves saying kind words or doing something helpful to show you care how another person feels. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

    Second Step lessons specifically teach about empathy. You’ll be receiving Home Links describing why empathy is important and including fun activities to do with your child to help them identify feelings and practice showing empathy and compassion. We hope you find them helpful.

    Please tell your child’s teacher if you have any questions about how you can help your child learn to identify feelings and show empathy and compassion at home.


    From the School Nurse -

    Every year parents have questions about avoiding head lice.  According to the CDC, “Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice. Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Spread by contact with inanimate objects and personal belongings may occur but is very uncommon.”


    Helpful tips for you to teach your children to help prevent head lice include:

    • Avoid direct head to head contact with others at school, home, sports, playground, slumber parties

    • Always place hats and scarves in coat sleeves, rather than piling them on the shelf above the coats (this prevents both lice and loss)

    • Avoid sharing combs, brushes, hair ornaments, towels, pillows, and sleeping bags


    There have been a few cases identified at Bel Air this year and we appreciate being informed of these cases by the parents. This enables us to partner with you and support your efforts. Please take time to check your child’s head on a regular basis and contact the health office if you do identify head lice.  This can assist us with identification of other cases as well as allowing us to provide you with information regarding treatment and prevention of future lice recurrence.

    Kathy Knutson​, 

    Licensed School Nurse
    Parent Teacher Association - PTA
    Curious about the Bel Air PTA?  We now have a Facebook page!  Please check out Bel Air Tigers PTA for updates on meetings, events, volunteer opportunities and general information on the PTA.  The next meeting is November 28 at 6pm.  Childcare is provided at all meetings.
    Bel Air Chess Club
    Congratulations to the Following Bel Air Chess Players!
    Gabriel Herrald, Mikey Miller, & Jonah Miller
    The played in their first all day Scholastic Chess Association tournament at Highview 2 weeks ago.
    They played against other chess players from all across the Metro Area.
    Also congratulations to Gabriel Herrald, Charlie Anderson, Joshua Dreher, & Kai Nelson for playing in the CSGA tournament last Friday night at Highview.
    Special recognition goes to Gabriel Herrald for the placing the highest of the large Bel Air Team at the last CSGA tournament.
    All the players played against elementary, middle school, and high school chess players!
    You can still sign up for chess club for the second half of the year! We play Friday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Media Center.
    Use this link for the Community Ed registration:
    ***Bel Air Lost & Found***
    The Bel Air Lost & Found is extremely full of 'Lost' clothes.  If your student is missing something, please stop by to check the Lost & Found for the item(s).  
    Bel Air will be having Communication Nights on Nov. 2, 9 & 15 and the Book Fair will be going on Nov. 6-9.  These are great opportunities to check out the Lost & Found, as well.  
    At Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 20-25, all items remaining in the Lost & Found will be donated.  
    Check for your student's clothes before they are gone...
    ***Cold Weather Information*** 
    Now that the weather is cooling down, please dress your kids accordingly for the day - Hats, warm mittens, scarfs, snow pants and warm coats. We go outside everyday that the temperature is 0 or above and windchill is -10 below or above.

    Boots are required for all grade levels to play on the playground. Boots and snow pants are required for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade to play on the playground; 4th and 5th grade need only boots. If a student does not have these things, they need to stay on the blacktop during recess. If a student gets wet there are no dry clothes for them to change into. All winter gear is important to keep your child warm and comfortable.

    Voters said YES

    Voters approved the District’s facilities bond request on Election Day 2017 by a margin of 73 percent in favor to 27 percent opposed. 10,129 residents voted in favor of the proposal, while 3,689 voted to reject the request. As a result of the vote, schools will soon begin a multi-year phased approach to adding space at all schools throughout the District. In addition, voters elected residents Marre Jo Sager, Diane Glasheen and Shauna Bock to seats on the School Board. To read a message on the election results from Superintendent Chris Lennox, visit here.


    Special Education Parent and Professional Advisory Council (SEPPAC) will host

    Parenting and Supporting Children; Self Regulation

    and Positive Behavior Change

    November 28, 2017

    6:45 - 8:15 p.m.

    Mounds View Public Schools District Center

    (4570 Victoria Street N, Shoreview)

    Dave Wilmes, director of programs for St. Paul Youth Services, will be the key note speaker. Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from Mr. Wilmes.  



    Pass-It-Along Event  Scheduled
    The Early Childhood Programs Parent Advisory Committee announces its annual fall Pass-It-Along event.  The event is free and features gently used infant and toddler clothing, children's clothing up to size 14 and maternity wear, baby equipment, toys and books.  Pass-It-Along is for families in need in the community and takes place at the Mounds View Early Childhood Education Center, 500 10th ST NW, New Brighton, on Monday November 20 from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Call the Mounds View Public Schools Early Childhood Programs office at 651.621.6122 for more information.
    Ralph Reader Food Shelf

    Thanksgiving Baskets and Operation Joy



    Community Ed Before/After School Activities
    Before/After School Activities as well as Saturday and Release Day Activities can be found on the EFlyer Page Here.
    Register Early, activities that don't meet their minimum number of students one week prior to the event, will be canceled.  
    You can also use the following linkhttps://www.moundsviewschools.org/youthprograms



    Show your school spirit

    District and school spiritwear is now available online. Click here for Bel Air spiritwear. Other Mounds View Public Schools spiritwear is available here.


    Student Safety:
    In order to ensure the safety of students during arrival and dismissal, we will be closing the lower parking lot from 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.  ALL students being transported by parents to and from school need to be dropped off/ picked up using the carpool lane in the back of the building.  We appreciate your support in using the carpool lane to ensure the safety of all.


    November Home & School Connection
    (English) (Spanish

    Building Security Procedures
    A visitor screening system helps track visitors and volunteers at each school, providing a safe and monitored environment for students and staff. When parents come to pickup their child(ren), or visitors check in, they will be asked to present a valid state issued ID for entering into the system.


    Phone Numbers/Staff Directory 

    Staff phone numbers and email addresses are available on the Bel Air Website at: Bel Air Staff. To reach a teacher via email: firstname.lastname@moundsviewschools.org.  


    Stay in touch with the happenings at Bel Air School.  Every Friday evening our weekly Bel Air Update is sent via e-mail.  Or it is available by visiting our Bel Air School website.  If you need a hard copy, please contact the school office.

    Find the latest handouts/eFlyers on the Bel Air website here.


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